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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 15, 2009 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Definitive Versions---Ground Rules

Hard to differentiate "definitive version" from "best". I would agree it works better w/songs played less frequently than others, thus limiting the wider- range of opinions on what's "best."

That Hollywood Bowl "Hard to Handle" in '71 is a good example of a "definitive version" b/c it IS a stand-out and there aren't too many others to get in the way.

Keeping within those parameters I'm pretty confident in saying the "definitive version" of "Werewolves of London" is 7/8/78 at Red Rocks:

...and just for fun I'll venture to say that the "definitive version" of "Alligator" is from "Anthem of the Sun" and ditto "Death Don't Have No Mercy" from "Live/Dead".

I'm also pretty confident in calling the Cornell 5/8/77 "Morning Dew" the defintive version, even though I personally like 10/12/84 better, if that makes any sense.